“Electricity x Culture and Creativity” Part II - Customer Substation Revitalization with Art

Repaint customer substations to demonstrate the vibe of local culture and creativity

Thanks all citizens for supporting CEM’s last year activity "Electricity x Culture and Creativity” in revitalizing low-voltage pillar boxes. This year, we have extended the activity to revitalize even bigger facilities! They are three compact customer substations that look like small-sized shipping containers located in Rua da Barca, Yat Yuen Canidrome and Carmo Hall in Taipa!

CEM hopes to provide a public platform for creativity through this program, bringing citizens and cultural and creative workers closer together, in a bid to help citizens learn more about their creation process as well as to support and promote the development of local cultural and creative industry.

12 local artists and illustrators from Macau Artist Society and Macao Illustrators Association are using their creations to invigorate the community and demonstrate the vibe of local culture and creativity. They integrate their works with the surroundings and create unique artworks to convey their stories to citizens.

 IMG_5777.JPG Good Time in Macau - Ho Chi Kei (Macao Illustrators Association)
As the customer substation is located at a place frequented by many tourists, the painting mainly aims to promote Macau. Characteristic Portuguese tiles are used to decorate the lower deck. Paired with English words “Welcome to Macau” and featuring a colorful backdrop as well as patterns, the creation implies that Macau is a bridge between Chinese and western cultures with strong and unique heritage.
 IMG_5785.JPG Macau-Day & Night - Chan Ka Ian (Macao Illustrators Association)
Themed on Sino-Portuguese integration, the design ties in with the surrounding environment of the customer substation and depicts the quiet, cozy city of Macau from dawn to dusk.
The artwork uses geometric patterns to depict the outdoor scenery, and adds the element of Portuguese tiles to represent the Portuguese culture. The drawing uses the motif of small houses to highlight Macau as a small city featuring both Chinese and Portuguese cultures and architectures. Macau is a quiet and comfortable city during both daytime and nighttime, so the circle in the drawing can represent the sun or moon.
 IMG_5790.JPG The Light of City - Yolanda Kog(Macao Illustrators Association)
Behind the colorful city silently lies the ancient, soft light of timelessness. The artwork on the customer substation is designed to match with the appearance of surrounding buildings, featuring simple geometrical patterns to symbolize Macau's status as a city that mingles the new with the old, as well as the eastern cultures with the western.
 IMG_5778.JPG Home - Ken Ho (Macao Illustrators Association)
The work features Portuguese tiles in concise lines and colors, with the building “Carmo Hall” behind the substation as the main element of the composition. The interior of the building features clean lines and colored tiles, with various suns and a door added in the middle, echoing the surrounding environment of old district and making the substation look like a small house.
 IMG_5805.JPG Blend - Pat Lam (Macau Artist Society)
This fish-themed artwork is created by four artists, each expressing their impression of the Rotunda de Carlos da Maia through their own painting styles. It symbolizes a multicultural inclusiveness in the district and interprets the core culture of Macau.
 IMG_5818.JPG Blend - Jacky Lee (Macau Artist Society)
This fish-themed artwork is created by four artists, each expressing their impression of the Rotunda de Carlos da Maia through their own painting styles. It symbolizes a multicultural inclusiveness in the district and interprets the core culture of Macau.
 IMG_5810.JPG Games Beyond Time & Space - Lao I Wo (Macau Artist Society)
Zhuangzi’s “Theory of the Equality of Things” expresses that everything is basically the same, there is no difference and all are equal. Each person will somehow have to make choices or game in one’s lifetime. The artwork depicts people from different centuries with Paul Cezanne’s art piece “The Card Players”, echoing the theory of Zhuangzi.
 IMG_5814.JPG The Beauty of Silhouette - Sam Pak Fai (Macau Artist Society)
Themed on Rotunda de Carlos da Maia, a scenic spot in Macau, the artwork showcases the unique beauty of Rotunda de Carlos da Maia in the form of silhouettes and uses vibrant colors to make the previously dull customer substation look colorful and lively.
 IMG_5827.JPG Dance of Freedom - Christina Kong (Macao Illustrators Association)
Canidrome, with a history of over 80 years, will be decommissioned, which means greyhounds will no longer have to compete hard every day and can take off their racing jackets to enjoy the air of freedom. However, there is this problem of where to lodge them in the future. It is hoped that these greyhounds can find new homes as early as possible to enjoy their retirement life, rather than being abandoned.
 IMG_5839.JPG Harmonious Scene with Various Fruits - Taylor Wu (Macao Illustrators Association)
As the substation is located near Canidrome and surrounded by many fruit stalls, a harmonious scene is created by combining different types of dogs and fruits.
 IMG_5837.JPG Bravery - Tramy Lui (Macao Illustrators Association)
In view of the nearby Macau Yat Yuen Canidrome, the gallant and heroic sights of racing dogs were reproduced on the substation. Many of the most representative elements of dog racing were included in the artwork, such as the numbered gates, sports field, race dogs and more, in a bid to strike a chord among citizens in Macau. The sharp contrast of colors scattered on the artwork of the substation can catch the eyeballs of the passersby. It is an artwork that features heartfelt sentiment and design elements.
 IMG_5832.JPG If Love Between Both Sides Stays with The Canidrome - Fong Wai Peng (Macao Illustrators Association)
Stand here and look at Yat Yuen which has been in existence for years and surrounded by the communities. What we grew up with was not just greyhound races, but rather the human touch.

The Puppet Sisters - Chan Ka Ian (Macao Illustrators Association)
The little puppet sisters are having fun and looking for food in the jungle. The customer substation is designed to integrate with the surrounding environment, including a variety of shops, open-air market and restaurants near Rua do Cunha and Taipa Municipal Market. Both citizens and tourists are indulging in shopping and food searching.

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